Purpose puts the umph in life. Waking each day with a purpose, something to shoot for, is invigorating. It doesn’t need to be earth shattering. I’m not talking about training for an Ironman, or writing a short story, a poem, though that would be incredible. I’m talking the simple, satisfying things in life, like calling a friend you’ve lost touch with, harvesting some basal, baking a killer cake for a shut-in down the block, training for that first 5K–you get the point.
Running with a purpose has the same effect, and running for a cause puts a spring in your stride. Running for a cause transcends fitness and conditioning; your sweat and effort benefits something bigger than yourself.
Fellow-Philadelphia runner Dan is helping organize a charity 5K to raise awareness and funds for clean drinking water for villages and communities in Guatemala. It’s hard for a Philadelphian, an American, to imagine clean water being an issue. Clean drinking water came to my attention about year ago when I heard Bill Gates, billionaire creator of Microsoft and philanthropist, talk about the global water crisis. He rattled of startling statistics, like 40% of the world population doesn’t have access to clean drinking water, and the impact the crisis has on human health, the environment and the economy (read more here.) So when Dan asked me to write about IxStyle 5K, I said, “Sure.”
The 5K supports IxStyle (Ix pronounced “eeks”,) an organization that uses funds from hand-woven sandals made by villagers to directly support water projects in Guatemala. You can learn more about the global water crisis by checking out the Charity: Water website.
The xStyle 5K is in Manayunk along the Manayunk Towpath on October 12th. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the race starts at 9:00 at Main Street and Leverington Avenue.
There will be prizes for the top three male and female runners, for the rest of us it will be a fun day running for a worthy cause. There will be raffles after the race, beverages and light snacks. Prizes will include a chance to win a pair of hand-woven IX sandals.
For more information email John Kennedy or call 610-393-7091